Sunday, March 22, 2015

Author Interview and Cover Reveal: Paradox

1. When did you first know you wanted to write?
I first started writing when I was an undergrad at the university. Several years ago, I worked up the courage to write fiction.

2. Which authors inspire you the most?
Whichever author I'm reading at the moment. What I mean is that if I like the work of an author I'm reading he or she inspires me to learn from his or her style or writing techniques. If I don't like the work, I'm inspired to figure out what I didn't like and why in order to avoid duplicating that technique or style.

3.How did you get the inspiration for your novel?
The idea just came to me. I think Amy, the main character in the series, wanted her story told and she picked me to do it.

4. What is your favorite part about being an author?
Knowing my books entertain readers. Oh, and I love receiving feedback from readers who tell me they like a particular character or a situation stayed with them or influenced them. One reader, for example, told me she cried at the end of one of the books. I could relate because it was a difficult scene for me to write and I cried when I wrote it. Knowing it touched my reader was an extraordinary reward for me.

5. What is your least favorite part about being an author?
Editing and more editing. I could read a manuscript a hundred times and think I've fixed all the typos and got it right only to make changes every time. Uh, and then I discover I'm making changes to the changes and it's, well, don't get me started.

6. Could you write a bit about what your publication process was like?
Did I mention editing? Once the manuscript is ready (or I'm ready to force myself to let it go) it's formatted with all the necessary additions like Author Notes, Acknowledgements, copyright notices and the cover. The cover is usually my favorite part of the publication process, aside from seeing the final product when it's listed for sale online. Deciding whether to publish digital books only or print books as well and whether to sell exclusively on Amazon are ongoing debates. Eventually, I want to make the series available to as wide an audience as possible. I've even thought of audio versions of the series for those who rather listen than read or like having both options.

7. Do you have any upcoming projects?
I've been working on a new Weeia series about superhumans with new characters and set in another city or cities.

8. Describe in three or fewer sentences what makes your book unique and why a reader should buy it.
That's tough! Amy is an amazingly brave character, full of life and enthusiasm, mature beyond her young age and uber powerful. She, Duncan, her love interest, her sister Kat, a modern day warrior, and the rest of the superhuman cast of superheroes are faced with unexpected challenges that will try them beyond anything they have experienced to date. It's all set in a beautiful city of sharp contrasts, real life Miami and the surrounding areas.

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